Mare-y time at Devon Horse Show

May 21, 2009 3:10:54 PM PDT
Horses are the main attraction at the Devon Horse Show, but organizers say that's just the beginning.The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is steeped in tradition. Over the course of decades, it has earned a reputation as one of the most anticipated equestrian events on the East Coast.

"This is known as one of the premier equestrian events, so you have to qualify to get to Devon, you don't just arrive with your horse," Devon Country Fair co-chair Karin Maynard said.

"I really think this show is special with the history and the prestige. It's a local show, yet it's really well known nationally in the United States," Carolyn Curcio of West Islip, New York, said.

Horse enthusiasts and competitors travel here from all over the country for this ten-day event. The Devon Country Fair is fun for the family, but even more so, it's an important fundraiser for Bryn Mawr Hospital. Last year, more than $335,000 was raised for programs there.

That's why so many of the Fair's volunteers have been coming back for generations.

"You win at Devon, you win big and it's just a phenomenal way that we give back to the community and give back to Bryn Mawr Hospital," Devon Country Fair volunteer Karen Duffy said.

There is a lot more than horses at the horse show and country fair, with plenty of places to shop, eat, and play.

"We like to get the food at the tea cart and shop around the nice stores. My wife spends 90% of her time in the shops and she'll spend 10 minutes with me watching the jumpers," Richard Sotak of Shimerville, Pa., said.

This show is unique because it brings together some of the finest horses and riders in the country at a venue filled with nostalgia and charm.

"This is something you don't see everywhere. We're lucky locally to have this," Maynard said.

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